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Why does the police recruitment process take so long?

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I applied to become a PCSO at the end of August Had an interview, end of September Had the drug test, fingerprints and so forth beginning of November Told I will have my medical in the new y… Read More
TheBoss96 Avatar
5m, 2d agoPosted 5 months, 2 days ago
I applied to become a PCSO at the end of August

Had an interview, end of September

Had the drug test, fingerprints and so forth beginning of November

Told I will have my medical in the new year and start next June!

6 months to wait from now to start in the police, seems a long time

Anyone else who has applied for the PCSO postion or another unit of the police force, have to wait so long?

Would welcome other peroples experiences, who have been through the police recruitment process

Thanks
p.s. Fully expect people to comment that PCSO is just a plastic copper and so forth. Heard it all before.
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5m, 2d agoPosted 5 months, 2 days ago
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#1
Perhaps they're testing your commitment to the role.
You'll either have the patience to wait or find something else and prove you weren't the right candidate for the job.
banned#2
I always wondered why criminal investigations into the Police take so long?

Man assaults a policeman on a Friday night in front of witnesses. He is arrested, charged & keep in custody until the next available magistrates court.

Policeman assaults man on a Friday night in front of witnesses... See you in a few years & by that time the CPS deadline for prosecution has expired.

It must be one of those internal issues.

I am sure they will get to you in a couple of years.


Edited By: YouDontWantToKnow on Nov 20, 2016 16:43
7 Likes #3
Money is tight. They will be waiting for a spare uniform in your size.
1 Like #4
On applying for any job with the police they have to check your family out also, if any of your family members have been in trouble with the police then this may be why it's taking so long
banned#5
Are you even 20 years old yet OP?
#6
It's a lengthy process as they research your family history also. Every member of your family must be vetted.
1 Like #7
MrScotchBonnet
Are you even 20 years old yet OP?

Yes I am and anyway the minimum age is 18
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YouDontWantToKnow
I always wondered why criminal investigations into the Police take so long?

Man assaults a policeman on a Friday night in front of witnesses. He is arrested, charged & keep in custody until the next available magistrates court.

Policeman assaults man on a Friday night in front of witnesses... See you in a few years & by that time the CPS deadline for prosecution has expired.

It must be one of those internal issues.

I am sure they will get to you in a couple of years.


Not all policemen assault peolple and are bad. Some people like myself want to join the police force to try and help people :)
#9
Mum2409
It's a lengthy process as they research your family history also. Every member of your family must be vetted.

Yeah I do understand the vetting process is a long time, but to wait 9 odd months just seems a very long time
3 Likes #10
The usual reasons, the HR dept justifying their existence. Its not just the Police that have poor recruitment processes. From applying to first day the recruitment process for one of the big four consultancy firms took 6 months.
banned#11
TheBoss96

Not all policemen assault peolple and are bad. Some people like myself want to join the police force to try and help people :)

I hope you didnt say that in you interview..

Anyways best of luck. They will get to you but their internal issues always take forever. Some for good reasons & some for bad.
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TheBoss96
MrScotchBonnet
Are you even 20 years old yet OP?
Yes I am and anyway the minimum age is 18

I know that. At 20 are you sure this is what you want to do? you seem quite a sensitive character having a quick skip through your old posts and seem to moan about work quite a bit.

You will be made to feel worthless most of the time by the local scumbags.
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Good luck with everything op, hope all goes well shame about the wait it's not the greatest recruitment process by the sounds of things but i really hope you get to make a positive difference in the community :)
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MrScotchBonnet
TheBoss96
MrScotchBonnet
Are you even 20 years old yet OP?
Yes I am and anyway the minimum age is 18
I know that. At 20 are you sure this is what you want to do? you seem quite a sensitive character having a quick skip through your old posts and seem to moan about work quite a bit.
You will be made to feel worthless most of the time by the local scumbags.

I do appreciate where you are coming from. However I have changed quite a lot in the last 6 months. Also from when I was a young child, my dream job has always been to join the police force. I know I will get verbally and even physical abuse, but i that is just part of the job sadly.
#15
Be useful if you had said what a PCSO actually is as I had to look it up.
When dealing with the public it's best not to assume anything as it can make one look prejudiced.
Likewise don't assume everyone is guilty until proven innocent. ;)
1 Like #16
a friend of mine was a copper a few back, then he said the whole process took almost 2 years from the very start to finish!
I remember him telling me of one of numerous interviews, with 2 officers. one played good cop the other bad, he said that was the hardest part.
yeah they go through absolutely everything, it is a long drawn out process. but worth it, hope it all goes well bud
#17
Join the masons
1 Like #18
6 months is fairly standard now, everything used to take up to 2 years, the vetting process can take a long time, it also depends how many other people at are the same stage as you.
1 Like #19
DKLS
The usual reasons, the HR dept justifying their existence. Its not just the Police that have poor recruitment processes. From applying to first day the recruitment process for one of the big four consultancy firms took 6 months.
Very true, a friend of mine applied to join the Fire Brigade as a retained (part-time) fireman after he saw an article in the local paper saying the local Fire Station was undermanned and desperate for recruits. From applying to being accepted took just over a year, no wonder there's a shortage.
1 Like #20
Why PCSO? and not actual Police Officer?
4 Likes #21
Good luck OP
Just remember it wasn't me ;)
#22
Only concern I know at the medical you have to do an eyetest and part of the test is without contact lenses

My eyes are -3.00, a bit worried I may fail the eyetest. However I have been considering laser eye surgery as an option.
#23
haritori
Why PCSO? and not actual Police Officer?
There are many hoops to jump through now for most police forces, also it's far and few between that any force recruits and when they do it is difficult as so many people apply
#24
Genuinely I have concerns that future members of the "protect and serve" who I have the most respect for especially as I get older post such questions on sites such as hukd ... Quite worrying for what might turn up to any 999 call that may be made in an emergency oO
#25
In regards to the recruitment time, as people have said it takes a while to vet people and backgrounds. They also have to get a decent amount of people into a single intake, put this into perspective of finding the right candidates it can take time. Be patient it will fly by.
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Agharta
Be useful if you had said what a PCSO actually is as I had to look it up.
When dealing with the public it's best not to assume anything as it can make one look prejudiced.
Likewise don't assume everyone is guilty until proven innocent. ;)


he didn't show bias, so why mention it, unless of course your part of the initial training.
1 Like #27
haritori
Why PCSO? and not actual Police Officer?


Just what I was thinking!

Do you have to go through hell as A PCO now before you can become a copper?

I applied for Devon an Cornwall police force but was turned down. I was told to go for the MET police instead.

Waste of bloody time tbh.
1 Like #28
ThugBasher
haritori
Why PCSO? and not actual Police Officer?
Just what I was thinking!
Do you have to go through hell as A PCO now before you can become a copper?
I applied for Devon an Cornwall police force but was turned down. I was told to go for the MET police instead.
Waste of bloody time tbh.
That's odd if you live in Devon/Cornwall as you can't join the MET unless you have lived in London for 3 out of the previous 6 years before applying .
#29
davewave
Agharta
Be useful if you had said what a PCSO actually is as I had to look it up.
When dealing with the public it's best not to assume anything as it can make one look prejudiced.
Likewise don't assume everyone is guilty until proven innocent. ;)
he didn't show bias, so why mention it, unless of course your part of the initial training.
Can doesn't mean that you always do so you fail the comprehension test.
Next candidate please.
#30
tinkerbellian
ThugBasher
haritori
Why PCSO? and not actual Police Officer?
Just what I was thinking!
Do you have to go through hell as A PCO now before you can become a copper?
I applied for Devon an Cornwall police force but was turned down. I was told to go for the MET police instead.
Waste of bloody time tbh.
That's odd if you live in Devon/Cornwall as you can't join the MET unless you have lived in London for 3 out of the previous 6 years before applying .


i applied when I was in my teens..kinda put me off how bad the process was.

If I did live in London then I would of applied for SO19.
1 Like #31
My partner applied for it and got in, similar story to you except she got accepted, that was the last we heard until three months later the hr department asked how her training was going. Didn't go down well when we pointed out that she had been fobbed off for several months by that department and that she d found another job in the meantime which meant she couldn't continue. From start to car crash finish it was nine months, they just wished her well and parted ways. Don't think it's strictly budgets but just plain old incompetence or so it seemed in our case. That was West Yorkshire police.
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Unfortunately it does take a long time, mainly due to the amount of checks that the force needs to conduct - as well as organising intake batches.

I spent a few years in the police and if I remember correctly, the process from application to 'first day on the job' was around a year.

Then I spent 4 months at a residential training centre oO

But bear it out, the wait will be worthwhile.
#33
Mum2409
On applying for any job with the police they have to check your family out also, if any of your family members have been in trouble with the police then this may be why it's taking so long
When I applied to join the police force 30+ years ago I was rejected because I hadn't been "a very naughty boy" and therefore had no experience/no criminal mind.
Nothing to do with your family/parents
How times have changed
#34
It's maybe to get you used to standing/sitting around doing nothing for long periods of time.
#35
What force?
#36
Sebas111
What force?

Police. :D

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banned#37
qbs
It's maybe to get you used to standing/sitting around doing nothing for long periods of time.
X) as if!
#38
RossD89
Sebas111
What force?
Police. :D:{

LMAO. Cheers buddy
1 Like #39
TheBoss96
Only concern I know at the medical you have to do an eyetest and part of the test is without contact lenses
My eyes are -3.00, a bit worried I may fail the eyetest. However I have been considering laser eye surgery as an option.

I'm 20 and just had laser eye surgery (I was -4 so a little worse). It really is life changing and would honestly say don't put it off because it makes such a huge difference. If you think wearing contact lenses is better than wearing glasses then trust me, just waking up in the morning and having perfect vision without any effort is magical and the novelty still hasn't worn off 6 months on.

Had mine done at optical express, procedure was called iDesign iLasik, it was quick, yes painful but I was back at work within 24 hours!

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